Position Statements

prise position

A key player in Québec’s health care community, the QMA is involved in the main issues affecting the health care system and the future of the medical profession. Through its position statements on major topics such as reforming the health care system, overdiagnosis, end-of-life care and optimizing clinical practice, the QMA contributes to improving the practice of medicine for the benefit of the population. Over the years, it has voiced its opinion on some crucial issues. The main ones are:

Position on the pilot project to compare the costs of day surgeries

In 2016, the Québec Medical Association (QMA) declared itself in favour of the pilot project to compare the costs of day surgeries announced by the Minister of Health and Social Services, Mr. Gaétan Barrette. The QMA deemed it essential to document the entire financial aspect of day surgeries in order to ensure healthy management of public health spending. Its position has not changed but to the contrary has been bolstered by the announcement, at the latest budget, that health spending would reach almost 51% this year.

The expansion of the health envelope must be curbed, and one of the means to do so is activity-based (or patient-focused) funding, as long as this new funding method based on the services rendered also rewards the quality and added value of these services.

By putting together a credible “laboratory” for analysis in a closed and controlled environment, in the form of three private clinics called upon for this purpose, the health minister is providing his ministry with the mechanism that was missing in order to determine the optimal cost of a given medical procedure and, ultimately, to adopt a method of activity-based and patient-focused funding.

Bill 130

Health Federal Transfers

Bill 92

Health and welfare Commissioner

Clinical Governance

Seniors care

Bill 44

Accessory fees

The future of the medical profession

Bill 20

Bill 10

Overdiagnosis

Dying with dignity

Optimizing clinical practice

Activity-based funding

Asbestos

Public coverage of medical imaging

Creation of INESSS

Emergence of business or professional practices

Chaoulli decision

Dual medical practising

Drug shortage

Responsibilities of pharmacists